It's citrus time. Prepare for your family's next snack attack with 100 percent pure fruit juice transformed into whimsical and eye-catching citrus bowls and slices using unflavored gelatin and scooped-out orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit halves.
Later, when you hear a midafternoon "I'm hungry" groan, say, "It sounds to me like it's time to eat some art."
Here's how to make the healthy sunshine snack:
HOMEMADE GELATIN IN CITRUS BOWLS
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
2 or more oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruit
2 cups 100 percent fruit juice, divided use
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin, such as Knox brand
To make citrus bowls: Cut fruit in half evenly lengthwise or around circumference. In each half, insert paring knife just between white pith and fruit. Remove fruit pulp to form bowls. (Note: Use removed fruit for salads or snacking as desired.) For stability, set empty citrus bowls perfectly upright in small bowls or sections of muffin tin. (Note: If wobbly, carefully trim a bit off the base, being careful not to pierce all the way through.) Set aside.
To make fruit-juice gelatin: In medium-size saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups juice to a boil. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, in medium bowl (preferably with spout), stir 1/2 cup juice into unflavored gelatin. Let stand for 1 minute. Add hot fruit juice. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in honey. Cool slightly.
To fill citrus bowls: Pour mixture into prepared citrus bowls. Refrigerate until firm.
To serve: Eat gelatin out of citrus bowl. Or, using sharp knife, slice into wedges.
Variation: Use 1 box (3 ounces) gelatin, such as Jell-O brand, instead of homemade gelatin. Use Jigglers recipe on side of box for firmer gelatin.
Donna Erickson is the executive producer and host of public television's award-winning family lifestyle series "Donna's Day." Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families." For more ideas, visit MinnMoms.com/donna, sign up for Donna's e-newsletter at donnasday.com, like the Donna's Day Facebook page or follow Donna at twitter.com/Donna_Erickson.